This page is a virtual “who’s who” of the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust team. And just as on the job site, each person’s position is critical to the success of the team.
It’s kind of like the Seahawks, except we’re strong at every position. (We’re looking at you, offensive line.)
To provide continuous workforce education and training which meets industry needs, builds careers and increases our employers’ competitive advantage.
Jermaine Smiley (Chairman)
Rod Majors (Secretary)
MEET OUR STAFF
NWLETT Training Directors
Tom Reed, Executive Director
Glen Freiberg, Training Director
Mark Ware, Assistant Director
Jesse Loose (Utah)
Dana Driscoll (Hospitality Manager)
Instructor Support / Site Maintenance
Juan Torres Jr.
Night Security / Grounds Maintenance
(Administration / Spokane)
(Front Office / Scheduler)
(Administration / Utah)
(Front Office / Data Entry)
(Apprenticeship Office Manager)
(Media Specialist / Photographer)
Stephanie Joslyn (Apprenticeship)
Connie Rosenbalm (Bookkeeping)
Becky Shields (Apprenticeship)
Michael “Bud” Comstock
1968 – Eastern Washington Laborers-AGC Training Fund is established in Spokane, WA.
1968 – Western Washington Laborers-AGC Training Fund is established in Duvall, WA.
1970 – Western Washington L-AGC hires its first training director.
1971 – Eastern Washington L-AGC hires its first training director, Harold Avery.
Mid-’70s – Western Washington L-AGC moves to White Swan, WA.
1977 – The Pasco training site is established.
1979 – Seattle SuperSonics win the NBA championship. We didn’t have anything to do with it. We just enjoy pointing it out.
1981 – Western Washington L-AGC moves to the current training site (a former Nike missile base) in Kingston.
1983 – On July 23, the very first apprenticeship program in the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) is established in the Pacific Northwest.
1984 – Eastern WA L-AGC and Western WA L-AGC merge to become the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust (NWLETT).
1994 – The Department of Labor recognizes “Construction Craft Laborer” as an apprenticeable craft.
1994-1995 – Classroom and dormitory buildings are erected at the Kingston site.
1995 – Utah becomes part of NWLETT.
1999 – Everybody parties like it’s 1999. Because it is.
2007 – The Satsop training site is established in Elma, WA, at the site of the unfinished nuclear power plant.
2011 – NWLETT celebrates 30 years and receives the deed for the Kingston training site.
2011 – The Harold Avery Apprenticeship Training Building at the Kingston site is dedicated in recognition of his status as the “Grandfather of the Apprenticeship Program.”
2013 – NWLETT celebrates 30 years of apprenticeship; Seattle Seahawks win the NFL championship (see 1979).
2012 – Apprenticeship program length in Washington state increases from 4,000 to 6,000 hours.
LEGAL NOTICE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS: The Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund, identification number 91-1283259, provides training and retraining for those in the industry and those already in the industry.
The Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund admits students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, administration policies or other school-administration policies or other school-administered programs. For information about any existing or anticipated future courses of study sponsored or established by the plan, including any prerequisites for enrolling in such courses and for a description of the procedure to enroll in such courses, please contact: Tom Reed, NWLETT, 27055 Ohio Avenue NE, Kingston, Washington 98346.
WE TRAIN PARTICIPANTS OF ANY RACE, COLOR, GENDER, NATIONAL AND ETHNIC ORIGIN.